Shocks and struts are the topics of today’s discussion. Because they last so long and wear out so slowly, they are easy to overlook. However, your shocks are responsible for keeping your tires on the road, so they are crucial.
Your wheels would bounce over bumps and lift in corners if you didn’t have shocks. To maximize traction, the shocks push the tire down to the road. Good shocks equal a smooth ride and safe handling.
There is a distinction between shocks and springs. The weight of the vehicle is supported by springs, which keep it suspended above the axles. As the wheels hit bumps, the shocks dampen the rebound motion. A strut is now a compact unit that combines a shock and a coil spring.
When your shocks wear out, you may notice a loss of handling as you drive around town. Your car squirms around corners and floats over bumps.
When you accelerate, you may notice the rear end squatting or the front end diving. Your vehicle may even be sagging in one corner.
Uneven tire wear may also indicate worn shocks. Of course, if your shocks leak or have a large dent, they must be replaced.
When to replace your vehicle’s shocks and struts is specified in your owner’s manual. It’s usually between 30,000 and 50,000 miles. Of course, if you tow a lot, carry heavy loads on a regular basis, or drive a lot on bad roads, your shocks will wear out faster.
If you have any of these driving conditions, you can get special shocks that are better suited to your driving style.
The shocks that come with the vehicle are designed for the way that the majority of customers are expected to drive it. You can get premium shocks that improve performance handling, off-road abilities, or towing comfort if you have different needs for your driving. Your HEART Auto Care experts can assist you in determining your requirements and then providing you with some options.